Person Centered Psychiatry
Mezzich, J. E., Botbol, M., Christodoulou, G. N., Cloninger, C. R., & Salloum, I. M. (Eds.). (2016). Person Centered Psychiatry. Springer International Publishing.
The purpose of this book is to present authoritatively the emerging ﬁeld of Person Centered Psychiatry. It is expected to serve as educational base for a diversity of courses and programs. It is organized under the aegis of the International College of Person Centered Medicine and published by Springer. Modern medicine has brought several important advances in the scientiﬁc understanding of diseases and the development of valuable technologies for diagnosis and treatment. At the same time, it has led to a hyperbolic, impersonal and dehumanizing focus on disease and organs, over-specialization of medical disciplines, fragmentation of health services, weakening of the clinician-patient relationship, and commoditization of medicine (Heath, 2005). In response, proposals for re-prioritizing psychiatry, general medicine and health care as person-centered are emerging, which cover a wide range of concepts, tasks, technologies and practices that aim to put the whole person in context as a center of clinical practice and public health. The experience of its ﬁve editors ranges from genetics to behavioral sciences to clinical care to public health. They are among the earlier and more consistent contributors to person centered psychiatry. Virtually all the book chapters are multi-authored to foster comprehensive, authoritative, and consensus presentations. The chapter authorship includes representatives from 18 different Scientiﬁc Sections of the World Psychiatric Association, i.e., Anxiety and Obsessive Disorders, Biological Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Classiﬁcation & Diagnostic Assessment, Education, Intellectual Disability, Military Psychiatry, Quality Assessment, Philosophy & Humanities, Preventive Psychiatry, Psychiatry & Human Sexuality, Psychoanalysis, Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care, Psychotherapy, Public Policy & Psychiatry, Religion, Spirituality & Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, and Transcultural Psychiatry. The ﬁrst 40 chapters of the book encompass an introduction and the next 39 chapters are clustered into the following ﬁve sections: 1. Principles (nine chapters), 2. Diagnosis and Assessment (ﬁve chapters), 3. Person-centered Care Approaches (seven chapters), 4. Person-centered Care for People with Speciﬁc Mental Conditions (11 chapters), and 5. Special Topics (seven chapters). Person Centered psychiatry features related to expanded reason are: quality and actuality of the approach, transdisciplinary and integrative vision, anthropological, epistemological and ethical foundations, breath of the bibliography, clarity and pedagogical adequacy, originality and practicality. This book emerges from a broad conceptual and collaborative process. lts authorship and structure reflect these features.